After launching its first ever smartphones – Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL – last year, Google is now ready to unveil their successors. The internet search giant will unveil the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL later today at an event in San Francisco in the US, and you can watch the launch through a livestream video. Apart from the two smartphones, Google is also expected to launch a few other devices and improvements to its software services. So here’s what you can expect from Google’s launch event today.
What To Expect: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini, & More
As we mentioned earlier, the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL will be unveiled at Google’s event. Apart from these smartphones, you can expect the company to announce the Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, a newer version of Google Daydream View VR headset, and improvements to the Google Assistant as well as a few other services.
The Google Pixel 2 is expected to feature a 5-inch 1080p P-OLED display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and 4K video recording, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,700mAh battery. The phone is expected to feature a fingerprint reader on its back, stereo loudspeaker on the front, and the device could be resistant to dust and water with IP68 certification. Its design is expected to be largely similar to the Google Pixel, and the company could remove a 3.5mm headphone port from the phone, relying solely on the USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer, and audio.
The Google Pixel 2 XL, which would be a beefed up variant of the Pixel 2, is expected to feature a 6-inch P-OLED display. The design of this device will be its focus, thanks to its largely bezel-less screen. The screen is expected to feature a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Similar to the Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL will feature 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, stereo loudspeakers, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, a fingerprint reader, and a USB Type-C port. It is expected to miss a 3.5mm headphone port. It is expected to pack in a larger, 3,520mAh battery, capable of rapidly charging through a USB Power Delivery-compatible charger.
Both the smartphones are expected to perform faster, click better images, and run Android 8.0 out of the box. Google is expected to announce improvements to its HDR+ algorithm, which combined with OIS on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, should result in improved images and videos. Apparently, both smartphones are expected to come with eSIMs, which will let you change networks without changing SIM cards. The company could also launch a new virtual reality headset (which could be named Google Daydream View as well) that would be compatible with the upcoming smartphones. You could expect a slightly different design and the same wireless remote.
Google is also expected to announce a cut-down version of its Google Home wireless speaker. It would be smaller in size, so you can expect lower volume levels, but the brains behind the Google Home – Google Assistant – will be the same, so the new speaker will be equally capable in answering your questions or recognising your voice. It isn’t confirmed yet, but the company could also unveil a beefed up variant of the speaker in the form of Google Home Max. Experts say that Google is doing this to compete with Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers: Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus.
You can also expect to see the Pixelbook, an improvement over the Chromebook Pixel. Not much is known about the hybrid laptop, but we will bring you more information as soon as Google unveils the device. It could run Chrome OS and be able to run Android apps and games.
Google Pixel 2 & Google Pixel 2 XL: Launch Video Livestream
The launch event of the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will start at 9:30PM as per the Indian Standard Time, and you can watch it through a livestream below. You can watch this livestream video on any devices that supports YouTube video streaming.